LEED v4.1 Bringing Important Changes to Multifamily Projects
Green Building Team on October 1, 2019
Over 120,000 LEED residential units have been registered across the country, from single-family homes to apartment and condo towers of hundreds of units. In an effort to align compliance options and prioritize the unique needs and challenges of residential projects, LEED v4.1 merges the requirements for all multifamily projects into one rating system – LEED v4.1 Residential BD+C: Multifamily Homes.
Under prior versions of LEED, multifamily certification pathways were included in three rating systems: BD+C: New Construction (“NC”), BD+C: Multifamily Midrise (“Midrise”), and BD+C: Homes and Multifamily Lowrise (“Homes”).
Projects can continue to register to the v4 version of all three rating systems, and they can substitute certain credits from the new LEED v4.1 Residential BD+C: Multifamily Homes rating system. Registration to the new rating system is not yet available, and teams should note that multifamily projects cannot use LEED v4.1 BD+C: New Construction.
CaGBC is working with its committees to review the new multifamily rating system requirements – if you have feedback, we’d love to hear from you! Simply email us at LEEDCoach@gbcicanada.ca.